Having lived in the New Bedford area for the better part of 20 years, I became accustomed to the very best chowda, lobster rolls and scallops on the face of the earth.  You certainly won't find that freshness, quality, and great taste when ordering those dishes here in New York.

On the other hand, we have a least two tasty treats that are pretty much native to Central New York.  You may find a version of them on the Southcoast, but once you try the originals, imitations just won't do.


Hemstrought's Half Moon Cookies.  This is the place that made them famous, and they are now available in nearly every grocery store in Utica/Rome, New York.  A moist dark chocolate cookie with white cake and fudge frostings on top.  Some call them black and white cookies, but whatever the name, take one bite and you are hooked.

Tony's Tomato Pie.  I once found tomato pie at a bakery in Fall River.  It wasn't bad but seemed to lack that sweet tasting sauce that you find here.  The small chain of Tony'a Pizzerias in Utica and Rome makes a tomato pie that you would love.  A soft thick crust with a thin layer of baked cheese, topped with their delicious tomato sauce.  Mozzarella is then sprinkled on top.  Some people actually prefer these to pizza.

I need to find a way to bring these to the Southcoast.  Add them to the best seafood on earth, and life will have plenty of smiles.